By Jason Elmquist
The Norman Transcript
STILLWATER — Mike Gundy broke his vow of silence during Thursday’s media luncheon at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Proclaiming after the spring game that he would not discuss the quarterback position until after the first game of the year, the Oklahoma State coach gave some insight into the battle between senior Clint Chelf and redshirt sophomore J.W. Walsh.
“We’re going to play both guys. It hasn’t changed since the spring,” Gundy said. “Both quarterbacks have improved. I don’t know any other way to say it.
“It’s the same thing I’ve said for the last five months. Both guys are doing a good job. We’re glad we have them. They’ll both get a chance to play.”
Seeing both Chelf and Walsh on the field during a game isn’t anything new.
Oklahoma State utilized both quarterbacks during the final few games of last year’s schedule. While Chelf got the starting nod the final five games — leading the Cowboys to a 3-2 record and a Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Purdue — Walsh was brought in for short-yardage and red zone packages.
“It’s going to be hard for me to predict reps, but I don’t feel like either one of them will be a backup in the first game,” the OSU coach said.
Gundy has been an opponent of a two-quarterback system in the past, but has been singing a slightly different tune due to the team’s current situation.
“I don’t like two-quarterback systems if we have one that’s better than the other, one that’s more experienced,” Gundy said. “Each year is different. Now we have two quarterbacks who have relatively the same amount of experience. So we’re obligated to give both of them an opportunity to play in the game. We feel like they can each provide something for the team to give us a chance to be successful this year.”